Forms of hosting services
A hosting service applies to keeping and/or sharing particular web content on a web server run by a web hosting distributor. There are various classes of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's have a glimpse at them. Thus, you can conclude what you need, depending on whether you wish to establish a web page, mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service offered by some companies, which allows you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a register of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts frequently involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer forces you to await a given amount of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a totally distorted interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would allot the workload between separate sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving various web space hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a kind of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some firms offer a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting brand is good if you want to share a big number of pictures with friends or associates since the service is typically free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web sites.
- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your e-mail address accounts. Some suppliers offer webspace hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you want to have an email address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can set up email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video clip, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video files and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web hosting reserves. Embedding the video will enable you to manage as many video files as you wish without worrying about system quotas.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to possess a site. To some degree, it consists of all of the aforementioned hosting sorts since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Baughman Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that enable you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are devised for specific web content only.